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Maximizing "Mwah" with Camber

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Thumpie, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. FIRST: Yes, technique is key. I can already increase "mwah" or eliminate it with with my playing style.

    OK, NOW: I'm having a 2nd "experimenting bass" set-up and I'm thinking about having my luthier dress the fingerboard with a shallow scoop so that when I put Spiros on it and lower the bridge I'll be able to get a rich, think "mwah." I've long been fascinated by the sounds Reggie Workman got on those classic Pharoah Sanders discs, as well as the thing Steve Rodby has been doing since at least the late '80s.

    I'm primarily going to be using this bass for arco practice, and when I do, I'll have Belcantos on it, and I'll raise the bridge to get the strings off the board. I'm hoping the shallow camber won't be a problem when I'm using the bow (with light to medium force).

    Any thoughts on this plan?
  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    You're going in two opposite directions there. A straighter board will definitely increase the string/board contact for the a buzzy pizz sound, but you really should have more camber for arco play.
  3. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    What the hell is mwah?
  4. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
  5. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I thought the first guy was talking about upright. I guess I'm thinking about wah wah pedals.
  6. Yes. That's why I was curious to hear thoughts on the matter.
  7. Ryanpet42

    Ryanpet42 Guest

    Aug 1, 2012
    I agree mainly because I played a person's bass over the summer which had been previously used for bluegrass/rockabilly but the person couldn't afford a new setup for. It (and the bass itself) helped the Belcantos on it sing and growl like nobody's business when played pizz.
  8. So, yes, these are opposed goals.

    That said, a straightish board can work for arco, IF you're good at playing in the high-weight low-bow-speed regime.
  9. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    The OP is talking double bass, but the only "mwah" videos I could find were electric fretless.
  10. That must be me, because on the bass in question, I'm having no problem with the bow. It's with *pizz* that I have to reign in the force.
  11. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)